Shoe: Nike Structure 17
Best for: Daily training on road and/or grass surfaces
Weight: 9 Ounces (Women’s Size 8), 11 Ounces (Men’s Size 10)
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 12mm
By: Christie McGee; Florida Running Company; Runner and Medical Student
The Nike Structure’s 17th installment, a long-standing specialty running shoe from Nike, provides medial support for the moderate over-pronator, or cushioned guidance for the neutral runner. The updated version has a modified upper, which features an all-mesh inner sleeve for improved breathability, as well as the flywire cables through the center to provide a snug, sock-like feel.
The unique technology of this shoe’s sole is the dynamic support system, which cushions the heel strike, and has a split dual-density cushioning system throughout the midsole. The Cushlon foam on the lateral side allows for a soft initial landing, and the Phylon foam on the medial side provides more firm support as the foot continues through the gait cycle. The dual-density cushioning system is built on a curve so it won’t overcorrect for a neutral runner, but it will provide the medial stability that is needed for the moderate over-pronator. The dynamic support system avoids the high-density foam medial post that remains a feature in many other stability shoes.
The Structure also features the Nike Zoom Air cushioning which gives the shoe a light-weight feel with springy responsiveness in the ride. If you are a neutral runner or moderate over-pronator looking for a light, responsive, supportive shoe this is a great option for your daily training. If you are a strong over-pronator, however, the medial support may not withstand the grind of training for very long. When I pull the Nike Structure 17 for a customer, I typically will bring down the Saucony Guide and the Brooks Ravenna as comparable models, and either the standard neutral Nike Pegasus for the neutral runner or the Brooks Adrenaline stability shoe for the over-pronator.
What I first noticed when trying the shoe was that it hugged my foot well through the center, preventing my foot from sliding forward and hitting the front of the toebox. Additionally, I felt that my heel was supported around the back and would not come out of the shoe. This toebox is wide enough to give me the room I need in the forefoot, which is one of the most important aspects of shoe fit for me. As a neutral runner, I have felt no added pressure to my medial side and thus find it to be a comfortable shoe throughout my entire gait cycle. I have tested the shoe by running on grass, road, and through the rain and have found it to be sufficiently durable. I intend on using this shoe again in the future as a daily trainer because of its adaptability and its overall comfort and feel.
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